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Fly-by: Senators 6, Flyers 4

Sunday, 01.8.2012 / 6:16 PM ET / News
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Fly-by: Senators 6, Flyers 4
Sunday, January 8, 2012
FINAL
4 - 6
FINAL 1 2 3 T
Flyers 3 1 0 4
Senators 2 0 4 6
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GOAL SCORERS

PHI:   A. Meszaros (02:32 - 1st) , M. Bourdon (15:32 - 1st) , S. Couturier (16:00 - 1st) , M. Read (PPG, 14:08 - 2nd)
OTT:   D. Alfredsson (00:54 - 1st) , C. Neil (08:25 - 1st) , C. Greening (03:11 - 3rd) , E. Karlsson (06:19 - 3rd) , F. Kuba (18:49 - 3rd) , N. Foligno (EN, 19:15 - 3rd)
GOALIES

 OTT: C. Anderson (W)

   
     LAVIOLETTE 
  BRYZGALOV    GIROUX
SPLITSVILLE...
After two periods, the Flyers were well on their way to completing a home-and-home sweep on back-to-back nights against the Ottawa Senators with a comfortable 4-2 lead.

However what has been an alarming trend in the recent weeks, the Flyers' two-goal lead did not hold up and Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette points out a very simple reason why.

"Our team, generally speaking needed to play a better game; a smarter game against a team that forces a lot of turnovers. With the lead, 4-2, our team needed to make better decisions throughout the game."

The Senators responded in the third period with four unanswered goals, and in the end, earned three out of a possible four points from the weekend series.

"I don't think we played the way we should have and we have to be better if we want to win those kind of hockey games in the third period," said Claude Giroux.

The Flyers dropped third period leads to the Rangers and the Blackhawks in the past week, but were able to regain the lead and post a win against Chicago.

The one bright spot to take away is that the Flyers are scoring goals - three or more in four of their last five games and recording at least one goal on the power play in four of their last five.

The game in Ottawa also kicked off a week-long, four-game road trip for the Flyers, who have now played 11 of their last 17 games on the road and when it is all said and done 14 of their last 20 games away from the Wells Fargo Center.
 For the second game in a row, sixteen of Philadelphia’s 18 skaters had at least one shot on net.
 
The game marks just the second time in 22 occasions this season the Flyers have lost in regulation when leading after two periods (19-2-1) and the first time in 17 occasions they’ve lost in regulation in a game they led after one period (15-1-1).
 
Marc-Andre Bourdon led the team with six blocked shots tonight.
 
This is the first time this season that Claude Giroux, Scott Hartnell and Jaromir Jagr have all been held scoreless in two consecutive games.

BOTH the Senators and Flyers scored on their first shot of the game.

Matt Read
Matt Read seems to play well at Scotiabank Place.

In his first game in Ottawa, Read posted a four-point night with a goal and three assists.

Tonight he added a goal and an assist to his credit.

Read was in the right place at the right time to pound home a rebound of James van Riemsdyk's shot on the power-play in the second period.

He also sprung Sean Couturier on a two-on-one late in the first period. Couturier fired it past Ottawa goaltender Craig Anderson and Read picked up the primary helper.

"I thought we played a good 40 minutes, 50 minutes of the game but they took advantage of our turnovers right inside our blue line rather than getting it in deep, but we have to learn from our mistakes here and learn how to get pucks deep in the third period and how to keep a lead."
- Matt Read

"Especially with the lead like that, after two [periods]. You can't let those ones slip… It's not acceptable for a team like us and we'll have to do a better job."
-Sean Couturier
The 3-on-1 that Ottawa defenseman Erik Karlsson sprung at 6:13 of the third period is tonight's turning point.

After Colin Greening drew the Sens to within one goal three minutes into the third period, Karlsson fired a snap shot three minutes later, through the pads of Bryzgalov to knot the game up at 4-4.

Ottawa used that momentum to keep the pressure on in the final 10 minutes of the game and with 1:11 left Filip Kuba sealed the game with his fourth goal of the year.
PIC OF THE NIGHT: Scott Hartnell rushes the net in the 2nd period on Ottawa goaltender Craig Anderson.

Senators 6, Flyers 4
Associated Press

OTTAWA (AP) - Filip Kuba scored the go-ahead goal with 1:11 left and the Ottawa Senators beat the Philadelphia Flyers 6-4 on Sunday to earn a split of the weekend home-and-home series.

Kuba fired a slap shot from the left point past goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, and Nick Foligno sealed the win with an empty-net goal with 45 seconds to go.

  FULL RECAP

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 x - NYR 74 47 20 7 226 172 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 75 41 23 11 207 188 93
5 NYI 76 44 27 5 230 211 93
6 DET 74 40 22 12 216 201 92
7 WSH 75 40 25 10 218 186 90
8 BOS 75 37 25 13 199 195 87
9 OTT 74 37 25 12 216 199 86
10 FLA 75 34 26 15 186 205 83
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 75 31 32 12 167 192 74
14 CAR 74 28 36 10 173 202 66
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Voracek 76 21 55 7 76
C. Giroux 75 23 46 2 69
W. Simmonds 75 28 22 -5 50
M. Streit 75 9 36 -10 45
B. Schenn 76 14 25 -7 39
S. Couturier 76 13 17 1 30
M. Del Zotto 58 9 20 -5 29
M. Read 74 7 22 -7 29
M. Raffl 61 20 6 7 26
V. Lecavalier 52 7 11 -10 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 15 17 11 .927 2.24
R. Emery 10 10 6 .892 3.15
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